Update: Lego Recess was not what I thought it would be at first. Children love Legos and they want to build anything their minds come up with. The prototyping phase has taught me a lot about how children play and how you design activities around how they play to get the learning done.
Lego recess was about adding STEM to recess. It was also about getting teachers, parents and community involved. Through prototyping, I learned that students needed time to experience Legos freely and with STEM activities. Teachers and community is so important in making Lego Recess successful. Our students need adults encouragement but students need to see that adults love to play too.
Through this process, I saw that our students worked together to make either a car or bridge. They also helped each other with finding parts, sharing ideas, and a giggle or two. Problem solving, team work, and planning happened when the Legos came out. These are some of the things that make STEM so important and why Lego Recess is needed.
First version: During recess time, students and staff can have fun with Legos. They can build on the Lego wall or have fun with Lego challenge cards. Students can create movies in Lego Movie Maker. Staff and students can team up together and create a Lego project.